The Daily Grind: What would Blizzard need to do to get you back into World of Warcraft?

In last night’s Massively Overthinking on hopes and fears for BlizzCon – which kicks off this afternoon! – I laid out my thoughts on Blizzard’s MMORPG meta, my worry that World of Warcraft’s yet-to-be-formally-announced will bedazzle us with cool, slick ideas… but the studio won’t have learned any lessons from the genre beyond its borders. As a gamer and blogger, I’m thrilled to see some spectacle, no doubt. This is one of my favorite events of the year. But for me to seriously consider going back as an active player, Blizzard would have to do way more than the inevitable free catch-up character booster. And I’m not sure Blizzard is willing to try harder than, say, ArenaNet or ZeniMax to ensnare ex-WoW fans like yours truly – not when the company can more easily snag those desirable “MAUs” in cheaper games in simpler genres.

Assuming you’ve played WoW and aren’t playing now: What would Blizzard need to do to get you back into World of Warcraft?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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They could probably get a peak from me eventually when I’m really bored but my attention span is so short and crappy these days that I would be bored with it in 2 weeks.

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Loyheta

Meaningful crafting with mechanics and I would love some housing.

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

I have moved on from Wow but as a game it is stuck in a rut.

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Teala Te'Jir

Total graphics overhaul, and reboot of the game that included a lot of sandbox game play.

Cadaver
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Cadaver

I’m an ex-player rather than an ex-fan. There is no possibility of me returning.

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donvweel

WoW had a fair bit going for it in terms of a huge world and flying mounts. The questing and crafting where not too bad. I enjoyed the extra pvp maps like Wintergrasp. It was my first main MMO, after playing other games I tried returning but it just was too outdated in graphics. Both the character models and the world. I play DDO and people say it is dated graphics but I think it acceptable enough for immersion which WoW is not. Plus the one two three combat button sequence is boring. Fighting with my Shaman was like sitting in a turret which does not move and hitting the same keys over and over while watching cooldown levels. For me to return I would need a graphic level at least on par with DDO or LotRO and a more action combat system. The content, lore and world are enough to keep me going.

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Toy Clown

The only way I’d try WoW again is if they did a complete graphics overhaul and made the characters more appealing, and added proper housing. (Was that just a rumor?) I’ve just relented to the idea that WoW isn’t for me, but I’d enjoy the heck out of it if it had BDO type graphics!

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Malakoff

Honestly, only if they did a good free to play option would make me try it again at this point. Maybe, maybe, if they went buy to play like ESO or GW2.

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kimowar101

if a game isn’t worth paying for why would you waste your time on it?

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Never going back – my WoW addiction took a good chunk out of my college years that I should have used more wisely. ;)

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Bannex

Quick build up the WoW bashing right before an expansion announcement so we can easily keep tally of all the Internet warlords that are full of shit!

I expect apologies from all of the haters when the expansion announcement drops and you instantly flip sides. Especially you eliot!

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Robert Mann

You won’t get any from me (but then again I have actually stuck to my guns and not bought or played their games since I got to the point of no return with them.) :P